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May 17, 2012 6:44 PM by Tonya LaCoste

First "Dreamboard" member found guilty in LA of sex crimes against children

The first person to go to trial in an international child pornography network has been found guilty. John Wyss, 55, of Monroe, Wisconsin was a member of a network of pedophiles known as Dreamboard. His case was tried at U.S. District Court in Shreveport, since another defendant who started the case is from Arcadia, LA.

Altogether, hundreds of people around the world were members of Dreamboard. The pornography ring spanned five continents and 14 countries. Wyss, also known as "Bones," was found guilty on three counts relating to child pornography, according to U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley.

In August 2011, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the group was dismantled, and during a press conference he said Dreamboard rules required pornography involving children under 12 years old. "Once given access, participants had to continually upload images of child sexual abuse in order to maintain membership; the more content they provided, the more content they could access; and members who created and shared images and videos of themselves molesting children received elevated status and greater access," he said.

 

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